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Saints 3 - Sheff Wed 0

St Mary's

25/2/06

Attendance: 26,236

Saints on the up

Saints finally turned their performance into a result yesterday, as they hit the goal trail against Paul Sturrock's Owls.

In recent weeks Saints have just been missing the finally piece of the jigsaw, with really good performances against Reading, Preston and Newcastle but no goals or wins to show for their efforts; in fact the fans have had to endure 398 minutes of football at St Mary's without a goal!

George Burley's new look team finally got their reward for their improved performances, against an injury hit Wednesday side as this time Saints ran out comfortable 3-0 winners.

St Mary's had an upbeat atmosphere for the match and buoyed by this Saints started to take hold of the game early on. Rasiak nearly opened the scoring twice, heading just over and seeing another chance well saved.

Local boy Andrew Surman has really developed under George Burley and the youngster again put in an impressive performance, winning a free kick on the edge of the area which led to Danny Higginbotham scoring the opener. Higgy struck his free kick powerfully around the wall on 33 minutes.

The goal spurred Saints forward and they created chances to extend their lead, Oakley going close with an 18 yard drive. Rasiak also had a good shot saved but Wednesday survived until half time.

The visitors were unable to stop Saints momentum in the second half and it only took Rasiak 3 minutes to kill the game off, scoring with a clinical shot smashed past Adamson.

Then Surman created another, his excellent cross was met by Kenwyne Jones to score against the club he was loaned to last season. Jones has deserved a goal after his hard work in this match and against Newcastle last week.

Things are really looking up at St Mary's now, the club have the feelgood factor returning after so long on a downward spiral. Most of this can be contributed to probably the best coach we've had for decades, maybe since Lawrie McMenemy even.

Lets hope the much publicised off pitch activity doesn't interfere with the rebuilding process. The fans have to forget the politics and continue backing the team. I'm surprised the trend of Lowe bashing has continued even after the recent improvement. As obvious as it is Rupert Lowe has made mistakes in the past, he was responsible for bringing in Burley and that appointment has transformed us totally.

The coach reiterated his support for the chairman in his post match interview:

'I was especially pleased for the chairman because he has had a lot of abuse of late from the fans and the media'

'He has been tremendous since I came here and I am more pleased for him than anyone.'

Are you still anti Lowe, if so why don't you believe he can take us forward ? Do you think the structure we have in place now is working and there is finally harmony between chairman and coach which we can't jeopardise ? Let us know in our comments section below or in the forum.

Star Player

Andrew Surman




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Date:Sunday February 26 2006

Time: 1:53PM

Your Comments

Things are looking up, all down to GB. Bring on next season!
koop
Some Saints fans have had the sense to back Rupert Lowe against the anti-Lowe faction that has been noisy but without any logic to their case. Lowe has given us 3 good managers, Hoddle, Strachan and now Burley. He tried to give two home grown coaches a chance and it didn't work, but he had the determination to recognise that and to act. Lowe has given us a great stadium the SMS and seen the club rise to 8th in the prem and the FA Cup Final. Relegation was the fault of the Rednapp, who was a management disaster, publicly criticising his own team and showing questionable tactics. Rednapp is now demonstrating his skills at Portsmouth and will achieve a unique record when he steers a second Premiership side to relegation in consecutive seasons. Rupert Lowe has found a great coach in Burley and the Board are funding the squad rebuild. What SFC needs now is stability in the Boardroom as much as anywhere else, and it is to be hoped that anyone buying shares will support the Chairman, and not create more distractions. The new 10% shareholder, Michael Wilde, has declared that he has no connection with two anti-Lowe groups who claim to be trying to buy shares and if this means he is for stability, that must be a good thing for Saints fans.
StLovell
Well said StLovell, totally agree. The anti lowe brigade have just jumped on this bandwagon and are ignoring the transformation on the pitch. Cant they see were now putting together a better set up than we've had for years and promising times are ahead? I think with a few more good performances and wins all else will be forgotten and they'll have to get behind the current set up and realise were heading the right way. I wouldnt swap the promise we have now for some unknown businessman who thinks he can do better...I might have done when things were at their worst six months but no way now.
ronnie
This problem always crops up when the board fall out of favour - fans can't see past their prejudices to the improving performances on the pitch. And if the team win five and lose one, they'll all talk about the one.
NeilBaker
What happened didn't the opposition turn up....maybe they thought it was wednesday....
pompeygray
 

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